CBC’s Two and a Half Men is considered one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. From September 22, 2003, till February 19, 2015, we had 12 seasons with Two and a Half Men. The unique sitcom featured Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kutcher, and other competent artists. The show is about two adult brothers living together in Malibu with one brother’s son. In 2011, Charlie Sheen who was one of the lead actors left the show unceremoniously. Most notably, the news not only attracted viewers and made a few headlines but also wrecked the ratings of the show. Even so, the series lasted another 4 seasons and entertained the audiences on its terms. With that said, let’s get into today’s list of facts about the controversial sitcom you never knew.
Evelyn “Could’ve Been” Harper
At first, the sitcom featured Blythe Danner as Evelyn Harper, the matriarch of the family. They even filmed their unaired original pilot. But later Chuck Lorre informed that Blythe had been replaced by Holland Taylor. According to the rumors, the Emmy Award-Winning actress insisted to make a few changes to some scenes that didn’t go well with the producers. And that is why the scenes of Danner never made it to the big screen.
Charlie’s Idea For A Spin-Off Series
The departure of the indisputable lead of the sitcom, Charlie Sheen had a considerable impact on the ratings. However, the producers reached out to Sheen about a potential appearance in the season finale as he wanted to go forward with the ending he had planned for the show. But Sheen wasn’t too keen on the ending and pitched his own idea to start a spin-off series called “The Harpers” starring him and Jon Cryer. No one jumped to this idea, and Chuck Lorre went ahead for the finale scene without Sheen squashing any spin-offs.
Jon Cryer Turned Down An Opportunity for The Sitcom
Answering a question posed on Twitter about which show or movie they came close to getting, Cryer revealed that he turned down a significant opportunity to star in Two and a Half Men. He had a chance to portray Gaius Baltar on “Battlestar Galactica,” but he chose to play Allen Harper instead. Cryer added that “it worked out fine” since he loved being a part of the sitcom.
Angus T. Jones Was The “One”
In the case of the two main “men” of Two And A Half Men, Charlie, and Alan Harper played the lead roles. The show was built around their shenanigans and there was never a dull moment. But, it was the “half” that stole the show with his comedic timing and charm. That half was 9-year-old Angus T. Jones as Jake. What the audiences don’t know is that finding such a perfect kid actor was not an arduous process for the creators. Surprisingly, Angus was the only one who auditioned and landed the part.
Two and a Half-Men was a controversial sitcom in its run of 12 seasons. It had its moments here and there but after a point, the ratings just nosedived. These were some of the facts about the show we bet you didn’t know before! And, if you did, comment down!
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